Sinton on target as Legends turn it around
11 March 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
Andy Sinton continued his prolific stint in front of goal as the Spurs Legends team recovered from a 1-0 half-time deficit to win 2-1 in their latest outing at Histon in Cambridge on Sunday.
The former England international, top scorer for our veterans side in 2013 with 15 goals, was back on the scoresheet with a four-goal showing in the Legends’ first game of 2014 last month – and he added another to his tally to complete a second half fightback by the ex-White Hart Lane favourites at the weekend.
Taking on a side known as Roy’s Rovers, the Legends were methodical in their approach in the opening stages of the game. The first real chance arrived on 10 minutes as David Howells exchanged passes with Legends team debutant Scott Houghton and got himself into a shooting position on the right-side of the area, only to lash the ball over the bar.
Rovers took the lead 10 minutes later when Grant Andrews headed home following a free-kick, but the Legends took the setback in their stride and continued to move the ball around with authority.
Howells latched onto a cross-field pass from Clive Wilson and shot straight at the goalkeeper from long range, while Sinton lobbed the advancing stopper two minutes later after Garry Brooke’s ball over the top – only for retreating defender Nat Pool to somehow turn the ball over the bar on the line when it looked for all the world to be destined for the back of the net.
The Rovers keeper was kept busy all afternoon as the Legends hammered on the door with Howells being denied shortly before half-time, while Mark Falco set up Brooke to test the custodian from 20 yards nine minutes after the restart.
Houghton and Sinton both went close before the lads’ patience finally paid off in the 63rd minute when Falco played the ball out to Howells on the right, who sprung substitute Micky Jarrett in behind the defence to finish low beyond the sprawling stopper.
Not content with the equaliser, the Legends continued to apply pressure and they duly completed the turnaround on 72 minutes. Howells found Jarrett wide on the right and his centre was controlled by Sinton, who then beat his marker and crashed a low shot in off the post from just outside the area.
The lads largely kept possession away from Rovers for the remainder of the game, with defenders Paul Miller, Chris Perry and Stuart Nethercott helping to see out time without allowing their opponents any clear opportunities at goal.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Andy Edmonds, Chris Perry, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Clive Wilson, Scott Houghton, Andy Sinton, David Howells, Mark Falco. Subs and guest players: Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam, Chris Hall.